The realm of beauty and fashion has long served as a template for appearances. Each generation marks a different trend, such as teasing ones hair, making matte our faces to something even more bazaar called strobing versus contouring. As our inspirations change, so do the tools we use to achieve our desired effects. One such tool that has recently ascended to the top of trending charts everywhere is the Beauty Blender.
The Beauty Blender’s goal is to tackle the coveted makeup brush head-on. Three inches tall and the shape of a teardrop, the blender boosts that the applicator allows for seamless blending of various shades of foundations and powders (most commonly used to contour). The blender is made of a dense sponge-like material that expands to almost three times its original size when exposed to water. The packaging offers a small container to store your blender in and a small subtitle announcing that the Beauty Blender is best cleansed by using the Beauty Blender cleansing bar (an additional $20 purchase on top of the $20 blender). But who could put a price on beauty, right?
The Beauty Blender itself is designed to apply makeup while the sponge in damp. In theory, the blender combines a foundation brush and a foundation setting spray all in one damp and bouncy sponge. But, before you think the product is too good to be true, think again. The sponge actually works. Wetting the material and watching the blender expand in size has a type of awkward yet rewarded appeal to the senses. Squeezing the blender itself feels akin to a stress-relief ball, and you will find that the tear shape of the blender allows it to reach the corners of your eyes, the crux below your nostrils and the small bit of cheek under your ear lobe.
When applying the wet, colorful sponge covered in foundation to your cheek, you will stand in awe at the ease of which it glides over the skin, at the way it blends your contoured areas to look like perfect shallows of the flesh rather than haphazard lines of a shade three times too dark. You’ll delight at the refreshing coolness the sponge offers, and the dewy look it leaves behind. And after all this wonder and amazement, you’ll ask yourself if you would ever consider using a brush again. That is, until you clean the product.
After one use of foundation you’ll forget the original color of your blender and panic. The plethora of YouTube tutorials will tell you the only proper way to clean your sponge is to use the Beauty Blender cleansing bar, but even the $20 bar won’t erase all the marks you left while putting on your face. Even though you were used to a kitchen sponge, the purpose of which is cleaning, you will find that your beauty sponge resists the very notion of cleanliness. After a week of use, and vigorous cleansing efforts, you’ll be left with a makeup riddled sponge that, once squeezed, holds the deformed shape for minutes as it suffers to breath under the makeup clogging its airways.
However, if you’re anything like this reviewer, you’ll give up brushes forever (because the sponger was definitely better), but you’ll find a similar sponge somewhere else (say, Target?) for a cheaper, and more readily replaceable, price. And all will be well in world of makeup.